Monday, April 25, 2011

Partaking the Sacrament (posted by mom)

I have a new companion, Elder Carter. It is an interesting situation. We are both Senior companions. He will be taking my place here in GangShan. So we have 2 weeks together to get him used to the area.

I recently read a talk about remembering Christ--it suggested we adequately prepare to partake of the sacrament. I realized I often find myself waiting for someone outside the chapel during the sacrament time or feel anxious about investigators coming when I take the sacrament.

This last week I was determined to make a change. Before I went to church, I said a personal prayer to prepare myself. I felt a special peace during the sacrament. It was nice. This feeling helped me resolve some worries I had and gave me renewed confidence for the future.

Monday, April 18, 2011

Two Baptisms, Some Amazing Recent Converts & a New Companion (posted by mom)

I now have a new Short-term missionary, His name is Elder Wu. He will serve for these next two weeks, because they didn't want him to serve in the area where he lives, my companion was sent there and he was sent here.

We had 2 great, really-solid, investigators be baptized! One was baptized by his dad! It was special. It is so great to see the gospel changing the lives of people.

One recent convert finished reading the Book of Mormon and gave a talk in church. We have another, recent convert who also finished the book of mormon and received the priesthood this past sunday. Yet another recent convert helped baptize one of our our newest members, he also quit his job so he could have a job that will let him attend church every sunday!!!!!!

Elder Harris

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Miracles (posted by mom)

I love this work, I know it is directed by God and as long as we are striving to do his will, he will allow us to be in the right place at the right time.

We have certainly seen many blessings here in Gangshan. This past week while we were at the church meeting with a recent convert, one of our investigators saw us and came in. He had a changed heart. We were able to bear testimony of baptism and help him resolve to read scriptures, pray, and come to church. He accepted the goal, and we sent him on his way.

We were shocked when the next day while meeting with a recent convert, another investigators passing by stopped in and sat down with us. I care about this investigator and until now, has not been willing to take the next steps toward baptism. We shared with him a scripture about how 'the Spirit will not continue to strive with man' and encouraged him to set a baptismal goal and keep the word of wisdom while the spirit was still striving with him. He accepted the goal and set up a baptismal interview, and now he is on track to be baptized.

Among our recent converts is a Liu family. The Liu mom finished the Book of Mormon about a week ago! We set a goal with them to go to the temple in a year to be sealed for time and all eternity. We are really excited for their family! They have two daughters and one grandson who are still not members. One of their daughters and their grandson live in our area. They are both busy, but one of my biggest desires right now is to help them accept the gospel and allow their new found family tradition bless future generations for eternity.

We are working hard, and seeing many blessings! Love, Elder Harris